Freshman Brick steals show in Terps' victory

Guard forces 7 turnovers, helps top Coppin, 82-65, in Terrapin Classic 1st round

November 28, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Vicki Brick was in the mood for a little celebrating last night and had plans to go out to dinner with her parents and friends.

Brick, a 5-foot-7 point guard, had just scored 19 points and had nine rebounds, seven steals, two assists and one block to lead Maryland to an 82-65 victory over Coppin State in the first round of the Terrapin Classic women's basketball tournament at Cole Field House.

It was quite a performance for the freshman Brick in just her third collegiate game, even though she did have six turnovers.

"I want to celebrate with my parents [Victor and Lynne] and friends at dinner," said Brick, who lives in Timonium and was a two-time Sun Player of the Year at McDonogh. "They were all down for the game. That makes it all even better."

However, Maryland coach Chris Weller said there was "nothing really to celebrate yet" since the Terps (2-1) have to play North Carolina-Charlotte (2-2) at 4 p.m. today for the tournament championship.

"OK," Brick said. "Let's say I'm going to enjoy dinner with my family and friends."

The toned-down version drew a wry smile and look of approval from the veteran coach.

"I like the enthusiasm Vicki brings to the game for us," Weller said. "She's going to grow into an outstanding player."

When Weller was asked whether Brick might have earned her first start with last night's show, the coach said: "I don't know. Maybe it will change some things for her. Everybody makes a big deal out of who starts. I just wish people would just sit back and watch the game and not worry about who starts."

Brick turned the game around when she came off the bench with just four minutes gone in the first half and started stealing the ball from the Lady Eagles (0-1).

Brick wound up with five steals in the first half, converting two of them into layups as the Terps scored 10 points on those Coppin turnovers.

"It was just like high school on those steals," said Brick who is equally adept using both her right and left hands on the court. "I used to pick a player's pocket two and three times in a row, and it was fun. It just comes natural for me."

Brick stole the ball twice in a row from point guard Javonti Jones in the first-half run that wiped out an early 25-16 Coppin lead.

Brick and Maryland closed out the first half with a 29-6 run for a 45-31 halftime lead, and the Eagles were never in the fight again.

Tiffany Brown had 16 points, four assists and three steals for the Terps. Deedee Warley and Branka Bogunovic teamed for 25 points and 23 rebounds.

"We were so happy being in that good position early that I think we wore ourselves out," said Coppin coach Jennie Hall.

Junior forward Kiesha Brooks led Coppin with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and senior guard Liesha Mitchell had 15 points for the Eagles, who will meet West Virginia (1-1) at Cole at 2 o'clock today in the consolation game.

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